ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- August 31st is the last day of meteorological Summer, and there were many unique weather events that made it a memorable one. 

Coming off a bone dry May, the Twin Tiers first had to deal with drought-like conditions.  Compound that with massive amounts of wildfire smoke flowing in from Canada, skies turned orange and air quality significantly worsened across the whole Eastern United States. Much needed rainfall and cooler temperatures provided much needed relief as June wrapped out.

July got off to a fast start as seven tornadoes spawned across Pennsylvania just two days in. Just a week later, downpours lasting for days on end inundated upstate New York and Vermont, some areas receiving upwards of nine inches of rain. The flooding would persist all month, as New York and Pennsylvania would lead the nation in flash flood warnings issued for July. In terms of heat, 29 of 31 days in July saw a maximum temperature at or above 80 degrees, making it a month of above average temps and precipitation.

In August more severe weather struck the Twin Tiers. On August 7th a pair of E-F-1 tornadoes would touch down, one of them touching down in Tompkins county, tearing the roof off a storage building. And just earlier this week, intense rainfall from training overnight storms resulted in flash flooding that closed sections of interstate 86 just outside Elmira.  Rainfall in August was nearly three inches above average, and the third wettest on-record.